Sports and Violence: History, Theory, and Practice
Sports and Violence is an edited collection arising out of the 2016 Sports and Violence Conference, hosted at the Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University, Ohio, USA. This volume contains 11 essays authored by a range of scholars reflecting on the confluence of violence within organized sports. The three sections of the book (history, theory, and practice) create a full-scale exploration of this topic. The authors not only detail past phenomena of sports violence, but also offer ethnographic and sociological explorations alongside philosophical treatments of sports violence. Crucial to the volume’s treatment of a wide range of phenomena associated with sports violence is not only how it addresses violence within sport, but also how it considers the ways that sport fosters and mitigates violence outside of sports, and how audiences and spectators contribute to, and are shaped by, the practice of sports.
Craig Hovey received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, and is Associate Professor of Religion at Ashland University, USA, where he is also Executive Director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. He is the author and editor of numerous books on topics in religion and ethics including The Cambridge Companion to Christian Political Theology (2015).
Myles Werntz received his PhD from Baylor University, USA, and is Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at Logsdon Seminary, Hardin-Simmons University, USA, where he holds the T.B. Maston Chair of Christian Ethics. He is the author of Bodies of Peace: Nonviolence, Ecclesiology, and Witness (2014), and the editor of three other books in theology and ethics.
John B. White received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and is Assistant Professor and holder of the Harold and Dottie Riley Professorship in Practical Theology and director of the Sport Chaplaincy/Ministry Program at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University, USA. He is the Principal Investigator and Faculty Director of the newly established Youth Spirituality and Sports Institute: Running the Race Well at Baylor University, which is funded by a grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. John has edited and published a range of scholarly and popular articles and books on theology, ethics, and religion and sport, including his recent co-edited book Sports Chaplaincy: Trends, Issues and Debates (2016).
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